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This year I attended SIHH in Geneva for the first time. It was a crazy week and I needed some distance to it before I could write about it. Being a noob in that environment is hard. What to do, were to go, who to talk to – that was my questions before I left my safe office. Thanks to a couple of hardened friends I figured out I had to be everywhere, do everything and talk to as many people as I could. And I did.

For those of you who have not been there, SIHH is a watch fair were brands unveil their novelties for the year. Dealers, journalists and VIPs join in on the fun for the whole week. I was invited by Richemont and went there as a journalist. Before I left I had a wish to see brands and watches that I have never seen or rarely see in Norway. Brands like Audemars Piguet, Kari Voutilinen, HYT, MB & F, Ulysse Nardin, Greubel Forsey, and many more, does not have a Norwegian dealer and is hard to find and study in the flesh here. The SIHH fair is also an opportunity to see and experience rare watches that I will probably never see again, like the new L’ASTRONOMO by Panerai.

Here is my list of what to remember if you decide to go to SIHH (based on hard learned experience):

DOs:

  • Learn the 3 kiss greeting – you may find a norwegian hug cozy, but it is very inappropriate.
  • Hang with a young crowd – they will often say “whaaat….you don’t look forty!” – It’s really amazing.
  • Go to Vacheron Constantin for morning coffee. They have the best barista and coffee in the building.
  • Dress nice. Remember that it is only Kristian Haagen that is allowed to wear beat up cargo pants. He’s earned it, you haven’t.

DONT’s:

  • Not everyone understand Scandinavian humour, and don’t use irony. Ever.
  • Never take off your shoes in public after a long day in the Expo hall.
  • Most important. Never drop a 1 mill EUR watch on the floor – It went well, not a scratch to the watch, but I thought for a second the lady would have a heart attack. I guess I will be banned from ever going to SIHH again.

So that’s it. Learn from a noob.

The rest will be a picture heavy feature. I always intend to give you good quality shots of watches. So it may take some time to load page.

Best of SIHH 2018

SIHH is also an overwhelming sensory experience. All the brands represent themselves with luxurious stands showcasing their watches and novelties.
From the second I entered the massive expo hall I was like a kid in a candy store. Design, artwork, food, drinks, loud music and watches just kept coming at me. Non-stop. So much fun!

Some brands had more interesting novelties than others, and I will try to give you my honest opinion on the best ones. Bare in mind that I like a classic look but I am also weak for modern madness. You’ll seewhen I expose my favorite novelty at the end of this post.

Panerai

If you followed the releases this year you may ask why Panerai is on my best of list. And you are absolutely right. They did not release anything very exciting this year. But what they did was to renew their whole base model lineup. What that means is that they decided to spend SIHH this year scrapping ebauche movements and introducing in-house movements on all their watches. I am all for that!

Also exciting is that they introduced 38 mm Luminor Due. For a smaller wrist  as they say themselves in their presskit. In Scandinavia that is a synonym for ladies. I will finally consider getting a Panerai for my wife.

IWC

Celebrating a 150th anniversary is not something you forget in the watchindustry. And IWC did not either. I had pretty high hopes for this year and I must say that I was a little disappointed at the beginning of the week. Their release was not what I had hoped for. But then I had the opportunity to spend almost an hour fondling their novelties. By the end of that hour I was sold.
What IWC did this year was to introduce lacquered dials on a wide range of their models. Pilots, Portuguese, Portofino, and Da Vinci will be seen in 12 layers of white or blue lacquer. And the new references inspired by the Pallweber pocket watches.

The Pallweber in red gold.IWC Schaffhausen Pallweber SIHH 2018

And the new perpetual calendar with the lacquer dial.IWC perpetual calendar 150th

The beautiful Annual Calendar Pilots watch.IWC Pilots annual calendar sihh 2018 blue

Jaeger LeCoultre

I guess no one could really miss the Polaris release this year. In the norwegian community it certainly stirred up the interest for Jaeger LeCoultre. I have always been a fan of vintage inspired watches, but lately there have just been too many. And as rumors started going about the Polaris being reintroduced a few days before the official release I was sceptical.
Jaeger LeCoultre nailed it! What a beauty. And about time they celebrated this iconic diver.

The MemovoxJaeger LeCoultre Polaris Memovox SIHH 2018

And the good looking golden chronographJaeger LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Gold SIHH 2018

A. Lange & Söhne

While everyone was talking about the new and groundbreaking triple split I set my eyes on a classic beauty. First I want to say that I cannot be objective when it comes to A. Lange & Söhne. I love what they are trying to do. Making classic after classic and always with an eye for developing new and complicated movements. Always true to their design language and philosophy. You may call them conservative, but I find them to be nothing but uncompromising.

Well, the new Saxonia Moon Phase is nothing but beautiful. It comes in both white and pink gold.alangesohne saxonia moon phase sihh 2018

Another personal favourite was the new 1815 chronograph. I have said it many times. I love that watch.alangesohne 1815 chronograph sihh 2018

And I have to have the triple split in here. Front may look unsuspicious at first glance but the back reveals a complicated watch. Exactly what I am talking about. Design is classic, complication is groundbreaking.alangesohne triple split sihh 2018

alangesohne triple split back sihh 2018

Girard Perregaux

I have to say that I knew nothing about this brand before SIHH. Nothing.
Of course I had seen pictures and had heard about the brand, but I had never touched one, and I had never really buried myself in the details.
I found the Laureato Ceramic Skeleton to be very interesting. The Laureato is a classic GP design, but in the all black ceramic dress and light as a feather it was a nice acquaintance.GP Girard Perregaux Laureato Skeleton Ceramic SIHH 2018

Audemars Piguet

Already trapped in their own Royal Oak they did not release anything but this year. Not of importance anyway. I have no idea what happened to the rest of the references from this respected manufacture.
Still they continue to develop this line of watches with new technical achievements every year.

As with many of the other brands rumors started going in the days before SIHH and pictures of the novelties were revealed. I was once again sceptical before I had my appointment with AP.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore. Even though I liked the reedition of the 1993 model of the Offshore my heart skipped a beat when I saw the new case and bezel on the Tourbillon Chronograph. Audemars Piguet is one of the houses that bring us contemporary design features and they are constantly reinterpreting their classic Royal Oak. Watch nerds find this irritating, but I find it refreshing. At least for Audemars Piguet. This has been a strategic direction for them with the Royal Oak for the last few decades. And I like their Rock’n Roll attitude towards their heritage.
I guess similar stunts for the Patek Philippe Nautilus would be heavily frowned upon, even by me.

Audemars Piguet SIHH 2018 Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet SIHH 2018 Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

The Offshore Chronograph in camo colors was interesting in the flesh.Audemars Piguet Offshore Camo

And of course the RD2 – the 6.3 mm thick perpetual calendar.Audemars Piguet RD2 SIHH 2018

Vacheron Constantin

To finish off with my choice for Best in Show 2018 – the introduction of a new line from Vacheron Constantin – Fiftysix.
Inspired by the ref.6073 from 1956 (of course) they now offer a 40 mm rounded case and almost sector like dials on this new lineup. This was really a much needed facelift to their Quai de l’ile models. I never could swallow that case. In my opinion they now have a much more elegant watch with the elegance I expect from the maison.

Here is the Complete Calendar in pink gold.Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix 56 complete calendar sihh 2018

And the Day Date in steel.Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix 56 day date sihh 2018

That pretty much sums it up. Remember to follow my Instagram for pictures of all the great watches from this year.
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From time to time the watch world sees a new special watch from A.Lange & Söhne that has been given some extra thought.
Not many people would argue with me that A. Lange & Söhne is the best manufacture in the world. And they have an exclusive series of Handwerkskunst watches. These are in reality watches, already in production, that they give something extra of everything. Basically A. Lange & Söhne likes to show off what their artists and craftsmen can possibly do with these handcrafted artisanal watches.

This is the sixth model that A. Lange & Söhne give a particularly artistic decoration of the movement, dial and case. It is always exciting when A. Lange & Söhne give their in-house finishers, engravers and enamel artists an artistic challenge.

Launched at the Geneva Salon back in 2013, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar attracted considerable attention. Housing a perpetual calendar and a double chronograph this watch was initially appreciated for both the classic complications and the pleasing aestethics. At the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève that same year it won the Grand Complications category. As an added bonus it also won the Public’s Choice Award. 

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst

 

The new Handwerkskunst

A classic beauty was exactly what A. Lange & Söhne released in Florence a couple of days ago. I was there to witness the grand unveiling of the new addition to the Handwerkskunst series. It was an event that really showcased the appreciation A. Lange & Söhne have for craftsmanship, or Handwerkskunst if you will.

This is the first model to combine enamel art and engraving on its dial. The craftsmen and women of A. Lange & Söhne have really given us their best with this watch. I find it to be especially desirable that the blue enamel and relief engraved stars on the dial seem to extend the moon phase display onto the dial.
To give an impression of a deep blue dial with light blue stars, a solid white gold dial has been engraved with stars and numerals of different heights. The numerals go flush with the enamel and keep their silver colour. This dial is simply stunning.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst

On the back of the watch there is a cuvette cover that protects the sapphire-crystal caseback. It depicts Luna, the Roman goddes and embodiement of the moon.
Below the sapphire-crystal the engraved stars also come back. This time on the movement. Now done with a mix of relief and tremblage technique that give a quite special surface to the engraved parts. Relief engraving is what bring out the stars, and tremblage engraving is what gives the granular texture to the german silver.

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst

In my opinion this new Handwerkskunst is extraordinary. I like the classic look done in an over-the-top finish and with truly masterful craft. Set in a 41,9 mm case it also sits fairly comfortable on the wrist. According to A. Lange & Söhne themselves it is already selling at 290.000 EUR, but it will surely become a collectors dream as it will only be made 20 pieces.

See the last one here (in Norwegian)

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Today is obviously the day for exclusives. A. Lange & Söhne presented a special edition of the LANGE 1 TIME
ZONE honey gold today.

The date 25. october 2016 is no coincidence. It recalls the presentation of the first Lange collection 22 years ago in Dresden. Featuring a subtle detail on the rotating city ring, Central European Time is represented by Dresden.
The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE has ranked among the most popular models of the LANGE 1 watch family since 2005. The clearly organised dial delivers a single-glance reading of home time and the time in a second time zone. The time zone is set with a lateral pusher. It advances the rotating city ring with the 24 place names from west to east. On the ring, Dresden – instead of Berlin as in the standard version – represents Central European Time.

Lange 1 Time Zone honey

Additionally, the hour hand on the small subsidiary dial moves forward by one step with each actuation of the pusher. An ingenious synchronisation mechanism also makes it possible to transfer the zone time on the subsidiary dial to the main dial.
Subtle colour changes in the design of the city ring differentiate it from the standard version. The dots between the city names and GMT are blue instead of red. Now, the previously black peripheral ring of the second time zone has the same blue hue as well.
The case in 18-carat honey gold has a diameter of 41.9 millimetres. The exclusive material is harder than other gold alloys. The lavishly hand-finished manufacture calibre L031.1 is assembled twice and has a power reserve of three days.

Limited to 100 watches, the Dresden edition of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE is available exclusively in the 17 A. Lange & Söhne boutiques.

Lange 1 Time Zone honey

Yesterday A. Lange & Söhne revealed the new Richard Lange Pour le Mérite in a white gold case and black dial limited to only 218 watches. It may look innocent on the outside, but inside there is a mean machine.

Since the revival of A. Lange & Söhne in the autumn of 1994, the exclusive timepieces with the attribute Pour le Mérite have represented the technological avant-garde at A. Lange & Söhne. Each of the four models launched so far is endowed with a fusée-and-chain mechanism. The Richard Lange Pour le Mérite, first introduced in 2009, exemplifies an ambitious tribute to precision in its purest form. The sole objective of its complication is to improve rate accuracy.

Richard Lange Pour le MériteThe fusée-and-chain mechanism guarantees constant torque and thus stability of the amplitude of the balance across the entire power-reserve range. Wrapped around the mainspring barrel, the chain delivers the power of the mainspring to the wheel train via the cone-shaped fusée. This keeps the torque constant. In principle, the mechanism works like the gearing of a bicycle except that the gear ratios are infinitely variable rather than fixed.

The 636-part chain can support a weight of over two kilograms. But to fully exploit the positive effect of the fusée-and-chain device, the product developers added a technical refinement: two separate mechanisms block the winding system before fully wound and fully unwound states. Both prevent the chain – which is only 0.25 millimetres thick and 156 millimetres long – from being overstressed.

The fusée-and-chain transmission causes the fusée to rotate in one direction during the winding process and in the opposite direction when the watch is running. For this reason, it is necessary to ensure that the watch continues to run even when it is being wound. An elaborate planetary gearing inside the fusée maintains the flow of power from the fusée to the movement during the winding phase. It is composed of 38 tiny parts which the watchmaker must fit into the tight 8.6-millimetre inside diameter of the fusée.

All this remains concealed beneath the black dial of the Richard Lange Pour le Mérite. But the most important parts of the fusée-and-chain device are clearly visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback.

Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

Technical Data

Reference:

260.028

Caliber:

L044.1 Lange Manufactured

Mechanical, manual-winding, fusée-and-chain transmission

31.6 mm in diameter, 6.0 mm thick

Approximately 36 hours of power reserve

279 parts (without chain), 636 in chain alone, 33 jewels

Indications:

Hours, minutes Small seconds at 4h30

Case:

White Gold

40,5 mm, 10,5 mm thick

Sapphire crystal caseback

Dial:

Solid Silver- Black

White Roman numerals

Rhodiumed gold hands

Strap:

Hand-stitched black alligator leather

Buckle:

White gold prong buckle

Richard Lange Pour le Mérite

Read more at A. Lange & Söhne

Once again this is the year for the perpetual calendar to shine. Leap year is when we distinguish the good from the not so good in watches. In two ways actually. Not only do we need the watches to show us the extra day in February, we also demand that they switch to March 1st on the correct day.

It may sound simple, but in real life this is af ormidable technical and mechanical challenge. A four-year interval need a program that differentiate a 48 month cycle. As a rule, this task is handled by a wheel with 48 teeth in which the durations each month during a four-year period are permanently stored in the form of gaps that have different depths.Perpetual calendar leap year

Perpetual calendar leap year

 

With the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual CalendarA. Lange & Söhne chose a totally different approach on the new L082.1 movement. They placed the month indication on a large circumferential ring that rotates about its centre axis once a year in twelve 30-degree steps. The month ring is driven via its internal gearing. It rotates about its own axis once a year. The inside of the gear rim features a circumferential contour with wavy recesses. A spring-loaded sampler lever glides along this contour and is deflected by a magnitude that corresponds to the depth of the respective recess. The more it is deflected, the shorter the month. The leap year indicator is in contact with the sampler lever and in February every fourth year the display is extended by one day.
Perpetual calendar leap year
Perpetual calendar leap year

 

All displays of the perpetual calendar switch forward instantaneously, so they deliver precise readings at all times. The force needed for the switching cycles is gradually built up during a period of 24 hours. For this reason, the switching process does not affect rate accuracy. This requires two mechanical energy storage devices – one for advancing the date, the day-of-the week, and the moon-phase display on a daily basis, and the second one to switch the month ring and the leap-year disc.

The mechanism is designed such that a first one-day correction is not needed until the year 2100. In 2100, the centennial rule of the Gregorian calendar omits the leap year and skips 29 February as an exception.

Read more about the watches at A. Lange & Söhne.

Perpetual calendar leap year

SIHH 2016: A. Lange & Söhne: SIHH 2016 is happening as we speak and novelties from all manufactures are puring into my mailbox. A. Lange & Söhne launched a couple of goodies that I want to share with you. Above you can see the new version of a cult classic, the Lange 1 “Lumen”,  now with moon phase. A new tourbillon Datograph with a black dial is also very exciting news.

Read more on SIHH here.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne named their new black beauty Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon. They spent a lot of time and resources on combining several complex mechanisms in a movement with the established A. Lange & Söhne feel. I believe it is a smart move to launch this watch with the black dial. The aesthetics of the Datograph is kept and the black plays well with the 41,5 mm platinum case. Inside you will find a L952.2 movement. The watch is limited to only 100 pieces. See a video of the watch at A. Lange & Söhne.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

Saxonia Moon Phase comes in both white gold and pink gold. It is a clear cultivation of the Saxonia line. The balance in the dial design with the date at 12 o’clock and the moon phase at 6 o’clock gives this watch an elegant and classic look. The case is 40 mm. One other special thing about this watch is that it will run continuously without the need to reset for 122,6 years. It has a power reserve of 72h, but wind it and it will last two lifetimes. That is impressive for a relatively inexpensive watch.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

The classic Lange 1 now comes in a 38,5 mm white gold case. After the relaunch last year of the new and improved L121.1 movement, this edition is a welcomed addition to the pink gold, yellow gold and platinum.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

A new Richard Lange watch is nothing but spectacular. The fact that A. Lange & Söhne have wanted to do a  jumping seconds is not that unexpected, but when it turns out to be as good as the new Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, then I am all in. The platinum case measures 39,9 mm, and the dial is a beautiful Regulator style dial. A constant-force mechanism keeps perfect time throughout the entire deload of the spring. Power reserve is 42 h, and at 10 h remaining there will be a red indicator at 4 o’clock. The watch comes limited to 100 pieces.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

Finally there will be a new edition to the 2013 cult classic “Lumen”. Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” discloses that it is a moon phase, but the production of this luminous moon is quite special. The moon dial is cut in glass and there have been 1164 stars embossed in the glass by a special laser technique. The luminous material have been placed on the back of this glass. The main dial is made of a special black glass that only permits the UV spectrum that charge the lumen to come through. 72 h power reserve and a 41 mm platinum case.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

Mer informasjon hos A. Lange & Söhne.

Se vårt intervju med A.Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid over.

Artikkelen fortsetter under.

A.Lange & Söhne Stammhaus

Langt ute på den østtyske landsbygda, utenfor Dresden, ligger den lille byen Glashütte. Byen ligger idyllisk til ved en vakker elv som renner i gjennom byen og strekker seg langs de skogkledte åsene på hver side, men dette er ikke en søvnig liten by. Av de 4000 fastboende sysselsettes 25 % av klokkeindustrien, og nesten alle de tyske manufakturene (klokkeprodusentene) holder hus i byen.

Klokkeeventyret i Glashütte startet med Adolph Lange i 1845. Han etablerte de første små fabrikkene i byen og bygget opp en kompetanse gjennom de neste årene som tiltrakk seg både urmakere, studenter, gründere og ikke minst kunder. Mektige kunder. Alt fra den russiske tsar til tyske presidenter og danske kongelige hadde lommeur fra A.Lange & Söhne.

A.Lange & Söhne no 42.500
A.Lange & Söhne no 42.500

I 1948 ble fabrikken overtatt av kommuniststyret i DDR, og familien Lange rømte til vest. Etter murens fall dro Walther Lange, Adolph Langes tippoldebarn, i 1990 tilbake til Glashütte for å gjenreise manufakturet. Dermed startet den moderne industrihistorien i Glashütte.

I dag er A.Lange & Söhne regnet som ett av verdens beste manufaktur og har en en årlig produksjon på rundt 6000 armbåndsur. Hvis du som leser tror at det er snakk om masseproduksjon, så kan vi røpe at det ikke er noe ledd i produksjonslinjen som minner om masseproduksjon. I fabrikken sitter det urmakere som følger klokken fra den er i deler til den er ferdig. Hver klokke inneholder 300-1000 komponenter, og de tilpasses og settes sammen for hånd.

Hos A.Lange & Söhne er de stolte av dette håndverket og av tradisjonen. Når man besøker manufakturet så kjenner man det på atmosfæren. Den er vennlig og uformell, og urmakerne man støter på i gangene eller ved pultene viser tydelig stoltheten og gleden over det de produserer.

A.Lange & Söhne Watchmakers A.Lange & Söhne

A.Lange & Söhne bruker likevel ikke tradisjon som et hvileskjær. De er blant verdens mest innovative manufakturer og lanserer stadig nye og forbedrede urverk. Nå sist etter SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – årlig klokkemesse) ble det lansert et nytt urverk til Lange 1. Denne klokken er en av manufakturets mest ikoniske klokker og ble lansert i den første kolleksjonen etter gjenreisingen i 1994.

Denne 2.generasjons modellen av Lange 1 er tilsynelatende uendret. Det er bare utenpå. På innsiden tikker et helt nytt og forbedret urverk. “Don’t change a winning horse” er et uttrykk de ikke respekterer hos A.Lange &Söhne.

Anthony de Haas er sjefsutvikler hos A.Lange & Söhne, og på spørsmål om hvorfor de endrer en suksess svarer han:

-Det har skjedd mye i utviklingen av urverk de siste 20 årene. Nå er Lange 1 klar for 20 nye år.

Lange 1

Det blir som å si “vi gjør det ikke fordi vi trenger, vi gjør det fordi vi kan”.

Det er koblingen mellom tradisjon og innovasjon som gjør A.Lange & Söhne så interessant, og det er denne viljen til å gjøre det ekstra som gjør at manufakturet er elsket av entusiaster verden over.

Når man i tillegg tar i betraktning de lave produksjonstallene, og at de aldri bruker salgstriksene som er blitt vanlig i bransjen med limiterte utgaver og sponsing av artister eller tennisspillere, så blir det eksklusivt å eie en A.Lange & Söhne.

Hvis du har en klokke på armen herfra så er det ingen bortsett fra andre entusiaster som legger merke til det. Det er ikke en Rolex eller en Patek Phillipe. Det er en A.Lange & Söhne.

1815 chronograph a.lange & söhne

A.Lange & Söhne lanserer en Boutique Editon 1815 Chronograph på Watches and Wonders i Hong Kong i år. Klokken vil kun selges i en av merkets 15 egne butikker.

Kassen er produsert i hvitt gull og skiven i sølv med blå timeindekser og pulsometer skala. Klokken har L951.5 urverket fra A.Lange & Söhne med “jumping minute”, “flyback” og kraftreserve på hele 60 timer.

Se vår ordliste lengre ned.

L951.5

Ordliste:

Kronograf (chronograph) er en mekanisk stoppeklokke.

Pulsometer skala kan brukes til å telle puls på en enkel måte. Ved å starte stoppeklokken samtidig med å starte å telle pulsslag og stoppe den når du har kommet til 30 slag, så kan slag pr minutt leses av på skalaen.

Jumping Minute er en funksjon som betyr at klokken hopper nøyaktig fra minutt til minutt. Andre mekaniske klokker har en mer glidende gang på minuttviseren.

Flyback er en kronograf funksjon hvor man ved å trykke inn en knapp setter stoppeklokkeviseren tilbake i nullposisjon.

Kraftreserve angir klokken egenskap til å lagre energi over tid. Dette varierer i stor grad mellom de mekaniske klokkene.

-We have passion, says big brother and master watchmaker Lars Christian when I ask how Tidemann Watches managed to establish a luxury watch boutique in record time. Tom Andre, is both the younger brother and manager of the boutique. He nods. Ironically they opened the doors to their boutique on Black Monday of 2008. Dow Jones took a plunge on Monday 6th of October 2008, and the rest of the world markets followed. This date will forever go into history as the day when the stock markets crashed.

When I visit the store 7 years later the brothers have just received the first delivery of watches from one of the leading manufacturers of luxury watches. The delivery from A. Lange & Söhne marks Tidemann Watches position in the norwegian luxury market.

Urmaker Tidemann luksus klokker
Brothers Tidemann – Tom Andre (left) and Lars Christian (right)

A.Lange & Söhne

Glashütte Original was the first brand the brothers signed.

-We worked hard with this brand. We established Glashütte Original in the norwegian market, and we established our boutique with this brand. Says the brothers. Their success with GO was noticed in Switzerland and more brands followed. Today they have Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre, Cartier, Piaget and Frederique Constant. Signing on A. Lange & Söhne is the icing on the cake.

-The fact that we managed to sign all these great brands is something we are incredibly proud of, says Lars Christian.

-Look at these watches from A. Lange & Söhne. The bear every sign of great workmanship. Lars Christian’s eyes glow. We are back to the passion. His arms wave in every direction and he runs to the back of the store, where his workshop is, to show me a pocketwatch he is servicing.

-Look at this beauty! An A. Lange & Söhne 1891 pocket watch. Look at this. The movement looks as good as new. Look at how the balance swings. He is almost shouting now.

A.Lange & Söhne

Already a watchaddict, Lars Christian and a friend started hanging around in the boutique and the workshop of Alf Lie as kids. He graduated a watchmaker in the late 90s and took over Norways oldest workshop in Fagernes.

Tom Andre have always had the interest for watches. But he ended up a lawyer. A chance meeting with a Lange 1 in the storefront window of Wempe in Germany made his destiny.

-Right there and then I knew I had to get A. Lange & Söhne to Norway. That was my life goal. Now we are there, he says with a big smile on.

-Now we have two of the top brands in the watch industry. Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne. It is exciting how these brands manage to make contemporary and innovative watches still with a deep respect for their history and heritage. These watches are all top level workmanship. Art.

-In a time where you change your smartphone once a year these watch brands represent the antipode. The mechanical watch symbolize something lasting. They last for hundreds of years and for generations.

Lange 1
A.Lange & Söhne Lange 1

ALS-12

In 2008 the brothers had a goal to sign on the first top brand within 10 years. It had been the dream of Tom Andre since his trip to Germany, but the Tidemann brothers never expected A. Lange & Söhne to the boutique in just 7 years.

-We hoped for one of the five big ones in 10 years. It is usually 50 years to build a portfolio like ours. The brands we have now is the brands we aimed for 7 years ago. Mission accomplished.

Tidemann Watches is located in between Mulberry and Louis Vuitton in one of Oslos main streets for luxury. The brothers did not have an easy start in this location.

-With the world economy at it’s knees there where no banks willing to invest in our project. We had to roll up our sleeves and do the job ourselves.

-It has been an extreme amount of hard work and we have both sacrificed a lot to get this boutique to the level we aimed for. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you are driven by passion. At the same time we have to realize that we need to be here for our customers and it’s been nice to experience how well both the norwegian and international customers have welcomed us. We are happy to create lifelong relationships with our customers every single day, says Tom Andre.

What Tidemann Watches have managed to establish in just 7 years is nothing but spectacular. They have both been an important driver for the growth in the norwegian watch market and they have challenged the established businesses in the industry. The result is a larger variety of brands over all in norway. The victor of all this is the watch enthusiast.

Urmaker Tidemann
Tidemann Watches